Whitley Commits to ECU during Official

Although his head football coach, Ed Emory, is attempting to sort out the details, Norman Whitley apparently verbally committed to East Carolina during his official visit to Greenville over the weekend.

"I haven't talked to Norman since he got back from East Carolina," said Emory. "Junior Smith, the running back coach down there, called me Sunday night and told me he committed to him Sunday night. [ECU] mailed me a [National Letter of Intent] for him to sign in the morning."

Whitley, a 5-foot-9 175-pound tailback from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond Senior, took his only other official visit to Marshall a weekend prior to his trip to ECU.

In addition to ECU, Whitley holds scholarship offers from Marshall and Appalachian State. Early in his recruitment, Whitley quickly garnered a handful of offers including North Carolina, but after waiting too long to commitment those offers were pulled, according to Emory.

The Pirates are getting a steal in Whitley, who has been timed in the 4.4 range in the 40-yard dash.

"They're getting a great, great player," said Emory. "He ran for 7,000 yards in three years. [He] catches the ball, does punt return and kick return, can play defense, [and] he's a great blocker. There's no question about his ability."

During his junior season, Whitley rushed 259 times for 2,165 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 65 yards, and returned 12 kicks for 304 yards. Whitley also earned the MVP of the Shrine Bowl.

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